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The 30 biggest clubs in world football, including Manchester United, Liverpool, and Barcelona

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There are a variety of factors that determine what makes a big club, trophies won, legendary players, stadium capacity and so on.

The end result usually causes plenty of debate among supporters, keen to put forward their argument as to what makes their beloved club the best.

Real Madrid have long been considered the best team in the world

Real Madrid have long been considered the best team in the world

Thankfully, France Football have managed to compile a list of the 30 biggest clubs in the world and have based the end results on ten specific reasons, with each worth points.

They are, number of players in the squad to have won a World Cup, continent level titles won (eg; Champions League), shirts sold per year, annual revenue, record transfer fee paid, average attendance, market value of current squad, Ballon d’Or trophies won since 1956, social media followers and clubs with the biggest mythical status.

So, who were deemed the biggest? Take a look at the list below.


27= Santos FC – 18 points

Neymar holds the Recopa Sudamericana trophy in 2012. The club has had many famous players over the years such as Robinho and Pele

Neymar holds the Recopa Sudamericana trophy in 2012. The club has had many famous players over the years such as Robinho and Pele


27= Club America – 18 points

The club has won a record thirteen league titles, as well as having a joint-record five Copa México titles, and five Campeón de Campeones cups

The club has won a record thirteen league titles, as well as having a joint-record five Copa México titles, and five Campeón de Campeones cups


27= Independiente – 18 points

Independiente’s achievements include a record of seven Copa Libertadores won, being the only club to win four finals in a row, between 1972 and 1975

Independiente’s achievements include a record of seven Copa Libertadores won, being the only club to win four finals in a row, between 1972 and 1975


27= Galatasaray – 18 points

Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish football club in history. Domestically, they have won 21 Süper Lig titles, 17 Turkish Cups and 15 Turkish Super Cups

Galatasaray is the most successful Turkish football club in history. Domestically, they have won 21 Süper Lig titles, 17 Turkish Cups and 15 Turkish Super Cups


24= AS Monaco – 21 points

One of the most successful clubs in French football, they have won eight league titles and five Coupe de France trophies. They were runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the Champions League in 2004

One of the most successful clubs in French football, they have won eight league titles and five Coupe de France trophies. They were runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the Champions League in 2004


24= AS Roma – 21 points

Roma’s greatest ever player Francesco Totti. Roma have won Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83 and 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles

Roma’s greatest ever player Francesco Totti. Roma have won Serie A three times, in 1941–42, 1982–83 and 2000–01, as well as winning nine Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles


24= VfB Stuttgart – 21 points

VfB Stuttgart have won the Bundesliga five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times

VfB Stuttgart have won the Bundesliga five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times


23. Schalke 04 – 22 points

Founded in 1904, Schalke have won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup. They are also the first German club to win a cup double back in 1937

Founded in 1904, Schalke have won seven German championships, five DFB-Pokals, one DFL-Supercup and one UEFA Cup. They are also the first German club to win a cup double back in 1937


21= Al Ahly – 23 points

Al Ahly have won a record of 40 national league titles, 36 national cups titles, and 10 national super cup titles making them the most successful club in Egypt. They have also never been relegated to the Egyptian Second division

Al Ahly have won a record of 40 national league titles, 36 national cups titles, and 10 national super cup titles making them the most successful club in Egypt. They have also never been relegated to the Egyptian Second division


21= Celtic – 23 points

Celtic have won 49 Scottish championships and won the European Cup in 1969, the only Scottish side to ever reach the final

Celtic have won 49 Scottish championships and won the European Cup in 1969, the only Scottish side to ever reach the final


19= Borussia Monchengladbach – 24 points

The club have won five Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals, and two UEFA Europa League titles

The club have won five Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals, and two UEFA Europa League titles


19= Benfica – 24 points

Along with Sporting Lison and FC Porto they are one of the big three clubs in Portugal and are the most decorated with 81 major trophies

Along with Sporting Lison and FC Porto they are one of the big three clubs in Portugal and are the most decorated with 81 major trophies


18. Boca Juniors – 31 points

Boca are ranked fifth in the world in terms of number of internationally recognized titles won,level with A.C. Milan and CA Independiente, and behind Real Madrid (25), FC Barcelona, (20) and Egyptian side Al Ahly (20)

Boca are ranked fifth in the world in terms of number of internationally recognized titles won,level with A.C. Milan and CA Independiente, and behind Real Madrid (25), FC Barcelona, (20) and Egyptian side Al Ahly (20)


17. Marseille – 35 points

Marseille have won ten league titles (nine times in Ligue 1), ten Coupes de France and three Coupes de la Ligue

Marseille have won ten league titles (nine times in Ligue 1), ten Coupes de France and three Coupes de la Ligue


16. Ajax – 37 points

Ajax are one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge; they won consecutively in 1971–1973. In 1972, they completed the continental treble by winning the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, and the European Cup

Ajax are one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup and to wear a multiple-winner badge; they won consecutively in 1971–1973. In 1972, they completed the continental treble by winning the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, and the European Cup


15. Inter Milan – 60 points

From 2006 to 2010, Inter Milan won five successive league titles. They have also won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then again in 2010

From 2006 to 2010, Inter Milan won five successive league titles. They have also won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then again in 2010


14. Tottenham Hotspur – 61 points

In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a UEFA club competition – the European Cup Winners’ Cup. They were also the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972, becoming the first British club to win two different major European trophies

In 1963, Spurs became the first British club to win a UEFA club competition – the European Cup Winners’ Cup. They were also the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972, becoming the first British club to win two different major European trophies


13. Atletico Madrid  – 67 points

Atlético Madrid are the third most successful club in Spanish football – behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. They have won La Liga on 10 occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996 and the Copa del Rey on 10 occasions

Atlético Madrid are the third most successful club in Spanish football – behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. They have won La Liga on 10 occasions, including a league and cup double in 1996 and the Copa del Rey on 10 occasions


12. Borussia Dortmund – 70 points

Dortmund’s Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1966 made them the first German club to win a European title

Dortmund’s Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1966 made them the first German club to win a European title


11. AC Milan – 78 points

Milan have won 30 domestic titles and have claimed the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions

Milan have won 30 domestic titles and have claimed the European Cup/Champions League on seven occasions


10. Arsenal – 88 points

Between 1989 and 2005, Arsenal won five League titles and five FA Cups, including two doubles

Between 1989 and 2005, Arsenal won five League titles and five FA Cups, including two doubles


9. Manchester City – 89 points

Manchester City have won the Premier League three times in the last seven seasons

Manchester City have won the Premier League three times in the last seven seasons


8. Chelsea – 91 points

Chelsea became the first London club to win the Champions League trophy back in 2012

Chelsea became the first London club to win the Champions League trophy back in 2012


7. Paris Saint-Germain – 94 points

PSG have won 38 major trophies and are the most successful club in the history of French football

PSG have won 38 major trophies and are the most successful club in the history of French football


6. Juventus – 107 points

Juventus have won 34 league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and one UEFA Intertoto Cup

Juventus have won 34 league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and one UEFA Intertoto Cup


5. Liverpool – 120 points

Liverpool have won five European Cups/ Champions League titles, more than any other English side

Liverpool have won five European Cups/ Champions League titles, more than any other English side


4. Bayern Munich – 135 points

Since the formation of the Bundesliga, Bayern has been the dominant club in German football with 28 titles and have won 10 of the last 14 championships

Since the formation of the Bundesliga, Bayern has been the dominant club in German football with 28 titles and have won 10 of the last 14 championships


3. Manchester United – 151 points

Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football,with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. United have also won three Champions Leagues

Manchester United have won more trophies than any other club in English football,with a record 20 League titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. United have also won three Champions Leagues


2. FC Barcelona – 177 points

Barcelona have won 20 European and World titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cups

Barcelona have won 20 European and World titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cups


1. Real Madrid – 184 points

Real Madrid have won 64 trophies; a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopas. In European competitions, the club has won a record 26 trophies; a record 13 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles and have won the last three in-a-row

Real Madrid have won 64 trophies; a record 33 La Liga titles, 19 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopas. In European competitions, the club has won a record 26 trophies; a record 13 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles and have won the last three in-a-rowThis story was originally published by talkSPORT

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